University of Surrey

University of Surrey

English Literature

The programme is designed to equip you with a critical understanding of English literary studies and respond to significant questions: How have ideas about literature and literary value changed over time? What effects do innovations in printing and publishing have on writing? To what extent do political and social factors condition and define authorial identities and practices? The programme invites students to reflect on such questions and to consider the relationship between literatures from a variety of historical periods, regions, contexts and theoretical paradigms. The programme will be ideal for both those who intend to pursue doctoral research and those who wish to achieve a broad overview of anglophone literary culture.

Course modules

Example module listing: Research and Writing Skills I; Research and Writing Skills II; Literary Scholarship and Creativity I; Literary Scholarship and Creativity II; English Dissertation; Open Essay I; Open Essay II; Special Author I; Special Author II; Advanced Studies in 19th century Literature; Advanced Studies in 20th and 21st century Literature; Literature and Science; Issues in Literary Translation; Identity: Communication in Practice; Organisations and Written Communications; Children's Literature; Screenwriting.

Assessment methods

With the exception of the dissertation proposal and the dissertation itself, the 15-credit modules will normally be assessed by a 3,000 word essay.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 - 12 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 - 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site GU2 7XH South East

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